How to Say No and Protect Yourself as an INFJ - Introvert Spring

INFJ self-care

INFJs always have a difficult time saying no. Using this word in conversations is quite challenging for our personality type, which is famous for being people oriented. “No” is closely connected with INFJ self-care, and that’s something I learned the hard way when I was a teen.

How one word changed everything

When I was a teenager, every aspect of INFJ self-care was unknown to me. I had no idea how to say no to anyone. I’m going to share something deeply personal with you that not many people know about me.

I already talked about the bullying I went through when I was younger, but that actually wasn’t the worst part. What hurt me the most during these sensitive years was the lack of family protection. The root of my inability to say no back then came from not having anyone to show me its benefits.

But something good came out of that period. I understood the need to stand my ground and look at self-care as a means to protect myself. Everything changed for the better when I said no to my bullies, and to the family that was supposed to support me. That moment changed my life forever.

Twelve years later, I still follow the same INFJ self-care rules I applied back then. This is the first time I’m publicly sharing my secret win-win advice on how to say no and protect yourself as an INFJ.

Saying no doesn’t make you arrogant

It’s ridiculously hard for an INFJ to decline an invitation or a proposition. It’s not because we don’t know how to speak for ourselves, but because we hate confrontation. INFJs would rather go against our own beliefs, than enter a heated argument.

Don’t worry my dear INFJ, there’s a solution.

The next time that everything inside of you screams to say no to an unreasonable request, or to go to that crowded party, write this down:

“When I say no to others, I’m saying yes to myself.”

Similar to meditation, this works as a self-recognition principle. You’re giving yourself the permission not to do something that makes you feel bad. You’re also receiving that INFJ self-care you rightfully deserve.

Write this on a piece of paper and wear it with you. Or memorize it, it’s your choice. After a few repetitions, you’ll feel the same relief that I felt many years ago.

This is just the first half of the equation. The second one is more difficult, but it’s a game changer.

INFJ self-care is a necessity, not an obstacle

Now that you know how to say no, it’s time I tell you how to protect yourself as an INFJ.

I want you to imagine a balloon filled with helium. It’s strapped to the ground with a rope, but it wants to fly away. That wonderfully rainbow colored balloon is you, and the rope represents the people and situations holding you down. You have two solutions:

• Disconnect from the ones who don’t fully accept you, just like you would do with the rope and the balloon would fly into freedom. Notice you’re not hurting anyone, but you are liberating yourself.
• Apply what I call: “The free air rule”. Gently take the rope off, and redirect the flight toward time to yourself, not the ones who used you. In a matter of days you’ll notice the positive shift in your energy flow, and the excess of self-acceptance you’re feeling.

This is not a situation where you can lose. If you want to give yourself self-care as an INFJ, you need to make changes that won’t be comfortable. Taking care of who you are and listening to your own voice are the most valuable assets you’ll ever have.

Looking after yourself is a must

The quality of your relationships is directly proportional to the level of attention you give to yourself. That’s why these two effective tools I shared work so well, because they focus on one person, you. I’m more than happy to remind you that you’re worthy of that INFJ self-care. You always were. ☺

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Now, over to you

How often do you say no in everyday conversations, and use it as a means to protect yourself? I would love to hear what you think about this, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Love,

Marko

Marko Kircanski INFJ coaching